Definition of we'd in English:


Pronunciation /wiːd//wɪd/


  • 1We had.

    ‘we'd already been on board’
    • ‘We kept trying to cut it short saying we had to do this or that but he would just wait until we'd finished.’
    • ‘For our part, we got a lot of positive comments and came away feeling that we'd achieved something.’
    • ‘After we'd finished work on it, she and her manager asked me to meet them at a club.’
    • ‘The pleasure of buying a house there had turned into a draining and joyless slog and we'd had enough.’
    • ‘Considering all the precautions we'd taken, this was something of a security lapse.’
    • ‘If we don't have time to go and study and enjoy music we'd better not talk about it.’
    • ‘And we'd only just sat down when the melodious tones of a male choir sweetly filled the air.’
    • ‘The fact is I lost all sense of time and did not know how long we'd been in the water.’
    • ‘Coming back on the coach that night you would have thought we'd actually won the Cup!’
    • ‘Of course, if we'd lived there, we would never have met our drinking buddy neighbours here.’
    • ‘Pete took me out for a beer and we'd just got in a second when Nicholas arrived to advise us that the show was starting.’
    • ‘By this time we'd most of us repaired to the bar and were feeling pleased with ourselves and a bit triumphant.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the bike was considerably over the budget that we'd been planning on.’
    • ‘Though we'd only just met, it felt like spending a lazy Saturday afternoon with an old friend.’
    • ‘If he wants some old-time religion, we'd better give him some - and you are doing your best.’
    • ‘We would both have to admit, we'd been checking his gums for signs of teeth more than three times a day.’
    • ‘It felt like ages since we'd all met up, and in fact, thinking back, it was the night of the four-hour journey.’
    • ‘We'd seen a good man resign and we'd gone through a lengthy leadership contest.’
    • ‘We reminisced about productions we'd been involved in, good and bad, down the years.’
    • ‘Before we'd even made our choices from the menu, it already felt better than the previous visit.’
    1. 1.1 We should or we would.
      ‘we'd like to make you an offer’
      • ‘Members of our group recently went down to the army recruitment centre to tell them we'd like to enlist.’
      • ‘This year however, we thought about what we'd like to do in the New Year as a family and as a couple.’
      • ‘We agreed we'd nip down to the big supermarket in Taunton today and get a new one.’
      • ‘We never thought we'd say that about a depressive fat bloke in a dress, either.’
      • ‘All I will say about the latter is that we'd be best advised to keep our voices down on this one.’
      • ‘And if it was a pork roast we'd get a huge slab of delicious crackling and a dollop of apple sauce.’
      • ‘Did we ever think we'd see the day we'd be lying on the beach in Hawaii sipping Martinis?’
      • ‘Anything that can help people in danger of losing their sight is something we'd take a great interest in.’
      • ‘If more people went to the opera, we'd come across as more emotionally mature.’
      • ‘Friday was movie night - we'd all pile into our bed with popcorn and watch a movie together.’
      • ‘Every time I went home to Argentina we'd meet and I saw him around Europe quite a bit, too.’
      • ‘Then we ambled along to the venue, to be sure we'd know where to find it, before grabbing something to eat.’
      • ‘If you'd said that at the start of the season, we'd have snatched your hand off.’
      • ‘When we got bored of that, we'd sit back down and shout at each other over the line.’
      • ‘Every now and then the tea light at our table would wink out from a draft and we'd have to relight it.’
      • ‘Our lads take it very seriously and we'd have loved to win but it wasn't to be.’
      • ‘Just think how much work we'd all get done if it wasn't for personality tests.’
      • ‘But it was agreed that we'd split the bill and I had to pay the same as everyone else.’
      • ‘Are there things we'd rather not know?’
      • ‘Maybe we'd suddenly have more people suddenly clamouring to claim they were European.’